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Vincent van Gogh was a largely self-taught artist who didn’t pick up a paintbrush until he was 30 years old.
Just seven years later, he would be dead.
It was really his last four years where he developed the style we would come to know him by, and these were also his most prolific years. Once he found his way, he was making up for lost time.
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Thanks to Michael Payne and Laura Arumí Arderiu for the Translation.
Thanks to Bart Vergouwe for Dutch Subtitles.
Thanks to Cosimo Botticelli for the Italian Subtitles
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Thanks to Charles Xue for Chinese subtitles.
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Photo of Van Gogh bedroom – Saint Rémy de Provence Tourisme
Music: Gymnopedie No 1 – Satie
Stars timelapse video –
Paris 1900 footage –
Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum by Martin Bailey (recommended)
Vincent Van Gogh: The Asylum Year by Edwin Mullins
Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story by Bernadette Murphy (excellent)
On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and His Illness – Various
Van Gogh Paintings: The Masterpieces by Belinda Thomson
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics)